Re-Learning Piece is a performance work in which Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard re-work Vito Acconci's 'Learning Piece' from 1971.
This excerpt documents the performance at MUDAM in Luxembourg n the opening night of Candice Breitz's "Call + Response".
Acconci performed the piece in the conditions of a rehearsal and line-by-line learnt Leadbelly's song 'Black Betty', repeating it until her had the feel of the original. In 'Re-Learning Piece' the artists have cast David Bowie soundalike Steve Harvey, who they cast 10 years earlier as Ziggy Stardust in their major live re-enactment 'A Rock 'N' Roll Suicide'. Employing the same conditions and rules as Acconci the artists direct Harvey in a 30 minute work in which he re-learns Bowie's performance of Jacques Brel's 'My Death' as featured in the farewell Ziggy Startust performance in 1973.
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